A second group, cared for by the Friends of Abingdon, and situated by the Millstream in Thames Street, consists of the Bakehouse (now converted into the Unicorn Theatre), the Checker Hall and Checker and the Long Gallery. The outline of the Abbey Church can be seen in the Abbey Gardens.
From April 1 to September 30, the Abbey Buildings are open to the public daily (except Wednesdays) between 2pm and 4pm. Special arrangements, including guided tours, are possible for group visits. The Unicorn Theatre and other parts of the buildings are also available for hire.
At the time of its dissolution the Benedictine abbey of St Mary at Abingdon was the sixth wealthiest monastery in England. The Abbey was a vast complex of buildings, courtyards, gardens and orchards. The two groups of buildings which survive are only a small fragment of this once grand establishment. The Abbey Gateway faces the Market Place and is flanked by St Nicolas Church and the former St John's Hospital. These are now part of the Guild Hall under the care of Abingdon Town Council.